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Lytro launches Illum as second light field camera with 8x optical zoom

updated 12:23 pm EDT, Tue April 22, 2014

Lytro Illum 40-megaray resolution a significant improvement on original camera

Lytro has unveiled its second camera using light-field photography. Just like the original Lytro camera, the Lytro Illum allows photographers to change the point of focus of a shot after the shot has been taken, with the camera's construction updated to look more like a traditional DSLR instead of the original's compact and unusual body.

Inside the Illum is a custom-designed 40-megaray light field sensor, roughly four times larger than the original, with an 8x optical zoom lens providing a constant f/2.0 aperture across the entire zoom range, and a shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second. In a bid to become more useful to photographers, the Illum includes a depth scale, depth histogram, depth overlay, and spot depth feedback, as well as typical ISO and shutter controls.

Lytro Illum
Lytro Illum


On the back of the magnesium and aluminum casing is a 4-inch tilting touchscreen LCD with a resolution of 800x480 which can be used to immediately show the photographic results, allowing for alterations to the focus, tilt, depth of field, and shifting the perspective. Power is provided by a removable Li-ion battery, with an SD card providing storage. The resulting images can be stored on Lytro.com at no charge, viewable on smartphones, tablets, and computers, with users also able to transfer images to Aperture, Lightroom, or Photoshop after being processed by a supplied intermediary application.



The Lytro Illum will be shipping in July, priced at $1,599, though pre-orders before July 15th will receive an engraved version and an extended two-year warranty, as well as further assistance, for $1,499.




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  1. pottymouth

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    Joined: 11-19-03

    Still a neat technology, but still just a gimmick and I still wish I'd never bought the ol' $500 one. The resolution just isn't high enough to make it useful for ANYthing.

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